Royal Mail expands EV fleet in London


Royal Mail is introducing 87 new EVs to one of its largest mail centres in London, as it seeks to reduce its fleet emissions in the UK capital.

Mount Pleasant Mail Centre now operates one of the largest commercial EV charging points in London.

The zero-emission vehicles will deliver letters and parcels across selected locations in the capital and surrounding areas.

Charged via wall or floor mounted charging posts, the mix of Mercedes-Benz eVito and Peugeot Partner vans feature load capacities ranging from 3.7m3 to 6.3m3.

Some 87 EVs – a mix of Mercedes-Benz eVito and Peugeot Partner vans will deliver mail to customers across selected areas in London

With 30 electric vehicles already in operation, the rest of the vans will roll out over the next two months.

Once operational, electric vans will make up a little under half of the mail centre’s total fleet of 216 small vehicles.

Paul Gatti, fleet director, Royal Mail, said: “We are delighted that we can expand our fleet in London with more electric vehicles.

“This will allow the business to continue to deliver letters and parcels safely, efficiently and in the most environmentally-friendly way possible as we continue to shift to low emission technologies.”

The initiative forms part of Royal Mail’s involvement in Optimise Prime, an EV demonstrator project led by Hitachi Vantara and UK Power Networks that tests and implements approaches to enable the roll out of EVs for commercial enterprises.

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